Leaked data suggests Uber self-driving car program may be way behind Waymo

Source: ArsTechnica  – March 24th, 2018   Insiders have long viewed Uber as a laggard in the driverless car race, but internal documents obtained by The New York Times suggest that the company’s self-driving car program may be even further behind its rivals than had been publicly known. The key statistic: prior to last Sunday‘s fatal crash in Tempe, Arizona, Uber’s self-driving cars…

Uber driver looks down for seconds before fatal crash

Source: ArsTechnica  – March 22nd, 2018   Police in Tempe, Arizona, have released dash cam footage showing the final seconds before an Uber self-driving vehicle crashed into 49-year-old pedestrian Elaine Herzberg. She died at the hospital shortly afterward. […] Tempe police also released internal dash cam footage showing the car’s driver, Rafaela Vasquez, in the seconds…

Is Robocar Death the Price of Progress?

Source: EETimes  – March 20th, 2018   A self-driving Uber vehicle, driving in autonomous mode with a safety driver behind the wheel, hit and killed a pedestrian Sunday night in Tempe, Arizona. The preliminary investigation shows that Uber’s robocar, identified as 2017 Volvo XC90, was driving “at approximately 40 miles per hour,” said Tempe police during…

First Malware to Attack Industrial Control Safety Systems

Source: EETimes  – March 15h, 2018   Less than two months after October’s U.S. Department of Homeland Security/FBI joint technical alert confirmed cyberattacks against industrial control systems, a new type of malware targeting industrial processes struck an unnamed critical infrastructure facility. The TRITON/TRISIS/HatMan malware is the first designed to attack an industrial plant’s safety systems. Since the…

Is Tenneco kicking the tires of this Italian auto parts maker?

Source: CRAIN’S  – March 1st, 2018   Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV has fielded interest in some of its Magneti Marelli businesses as the Italian-American carmaker prepares for a potential spinoff of the auto-parts unit by early next year, according to people familiar with the matter. Bain Capital has sought to buy businesses including the lighting division,…